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of 91,000 reports on the events that intern lit u.s. military considered significant. >> robert gibbs at the white house and others at the pentagon, robert gates, have said this has the potential to harm u.s. service people. does that concern you? >> well, anything in theory has boat tension to harm anything else but we have looked that the material for some months now together with our media partners. we have taken some steps to understand that material is at least seven months ago, so, it is -- it is not of any sort of a tactical significance. our primary concern with people being potentially harmed was to do with afghan informants who could have been under the risk of retribution action. that is why we held back some 15,000 reports for a more detailed review. >> there is a lot of questions your view toward the war. you were quoted saying you enjoyed crushing bastards. is that an accurate reflection of your attitude toward the establishment, toward the people running the war, toward the u.s. government? >> well, wikileaks is a publication by the sunshine press. we are an organizatio
a in the u.s. after spending time with some 90,000 u.s. troops stationed in iraq. they plan to -- in her exclusive interview in bang dad andrea asked the vice president about the way forward in iraq and afghanistan. and she began by asking about that mortar attack near the u.s. embassy just as the vice president arrived. >> thank you very much, mr. vice president. >> thanks for being here. >> well, iraq is at such a critical stage. now, you've been here. we know that incidents are down. it's a lot safer here. that's part of your message. the iraqis are stepping up. yet in the middle of the night, what happened? >> well, actually i was getting out of the car. i was debriefing my two colleague s and we heard this whistle. it went over our head in the automobile and apparently not too far away there was an explosion. but, look, you know, that's not a big deal. it happens. and it's unusual. incidents are way, way down. know we don't talk about specifics of security. but your reaction? >> my reaction was not too dissimilar to yours. he said let's go inside. i thought let me finish the debr de
in austria. the u.s. says this is a good deal for them. even though it was four people given to the u.s. and ten given to russia. the four were much more high value. they were in failing health. the u.s. was eager to get them out of harsh confinement. it does send the message you say that the u.s. will try to stand by people who aid the west. and finally, the ten here never gain anything of value to value. they were sending people who never made much of a dent. for that reason, there was no great justice department interest in having them serve any time. they were available to send back. this was a great opportunity to get these four out is the way the u.s. ultimately looks at it. then, also, it wipes the slate clean of what had become an irritant in an effort to improve relations between the u.s. and russia. >> and exactly on that point, the attorney general eric holder was out here and we had a chance to talk with him briefly and this was his response. >> we wanted to make sure that we did this as quickly as we could so we didn't have any kind of ongoing negative impact between the go
will plead guilty to being unregistered russian agents in the u.s. and agree to leave the country. now, our understanding, andrea, is this will not be a one-for-one exchange. they'll leave and go back to russia and in return, the russians will send probably three or four people that the u.s. would like to get back or get to the u.s., people who have been charged with spying for the united states in russia. we know one of them, igor sutyagin who was convicted six years ago, sentenced to 15 years of providing what the russians said was classified information to the u.s., something he has always denied. but we don't know the identity of all of them. but that's apparently how this is going to happen, andrea. if it does go ahead as planned, it's very possible that the ten in the u.s. coulding on a plane by tonight. >> this is just amazing, pete, for those of us who covered the disdents and how we were making exchanges back then, months and months of secret negotiations and hot line conversations. this is really almost instantaneous. it says a lot about the new open relationship. >> reporter: i t
, but supporting the taliban in their attacks on afghan and u.s. military forces inside afghanistan. what is interesting, however, while washington is focused on that aspect of the documents, in a news conference with julian esange, the founder of wikileaks in london today, the discussion was all about war crimes. he said that was in part the driving force behind his publishing these leaked documents in trying to, what he said essentially, change or i suspect, end the course of the war there in afghanistan. >> is the pentagon pushing back hard on these allegations of war crimes? >> they are not, actually. they are going to take their time and say it could take days or weeks before they pore over all these documents to determine what is real, hypothetical and what is just plain false. they are not jumping into any conclusions here about the documents themselves. they, too, of course are condemning the release as national security advisor jim jones did. in fact, claiming that it puts american men and women on the ground. afghan forces, and something more importantly, some of the local afgha
are killing u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> plus, what secretary clinton says about the hunt for osama bin laden, the lockerbie bomber and chelsea clinton's fast approaching wedding. good afternoon. i'm savannah guthrie in for andrea mitchell, and we'll begin with that fresh new look and size and scope of america's counterterrorism efforts, an effort that's grown so much, so fast, that it may actually be making it tougher to stop threats to the u.s. with me now nbc's justice correspondent pete williams who has been poring over this reporting coming out of the "washington post." pete, to you. what is the main headline here? what really caught your eye? >> what "the post" is saying that it's grown so fast without any careful design, just sort of adding new things on, that it's so big nobody really knows how big it is, and it's so big that there are overlapping areas where the intelligence community is doing things where other people doing those things don't necessarily know. >> it's like urban sprawl from a legislative standpoint. >> exactly. >> and they say it's nationwide. it's operating t
virginia. today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. a new sign today that the u.s. economy could be in for another slowdown. consumer sentiment plummeted to it's nearest level for more than a year. co-host of the daily rundown and head of our political unit as well. you have so many titles i can't keep them straight. but you are the man because you sat down with the man, with president obama yesterday. let's talk about your exclusive interview and what he had to say about the economy. taking a look at first of all, his fears about the future -- the growth level and when we're going to begin to see jobs, let's watch. >> the economy is definitely growing. and we are definitely seeing additional hiring. >> should we fear a double dip? >> here's what we should fear. that if we don't keep track, keep on track with the policies that we put in place, if we started seeing for example a wrenching reverse tall in the investments, we could end up having problems, we could further slow growth. the main thing that keeps me up at night right now is that we lost 8 million jobs, the month i was
the names of afghan nationals who have been helping u.s. forces? >> i'm deeply troubled at the release of this kind of information. that it's supposed to be protected. i'm a member of the intelligence committee and i know how important it is. but that doesn'tรง change the ft that the information coming out reinforces that this afghanistan policy is a mistake. that we haven't learned the lesson on 2001. which is that al qaeda is an organization around the world going after us, getting stuck in a ground war that is basically similar to ground wars over the centuries is really a foolish policy and i'm very unhappy that this material came out, but it does reinforce the view that i've had for a long time about our afghanistan policy. >> and today there was a hearing that claire mccaskill held on this outrage, really, at arlington. is there anything that the senate can do about better oversight of the military and of the way arlington is administered? >> i'm certain that we can do much more. we should take a very serious look at this, investigate, and act on it. because our troops that have
of an exchange for the people detained in the u.s. by -- for people that have been convicted of spying for the u.s. in russia. an old-fashioned cold war spy swap, if you will. we use that term spy, even though the russian agents haven't actually been charged with spying. there is discussion of it. we have been told by government officials that there are preliminary discussions underway. but nothing's going to happen very quickly if it happens at all. the brother of one of the russians who was convicted in 2004 in russia of spying for the u.s., his brother has told a news conference in russia that his brother was told that tex change could happen any day now, that as early as thursday he might be on his way to vienna and ultimately to the united states. but we're told that there are lots of complicated details to work out here, andrea. >> although they might do something where they would release the russian spy and release him first before any action on our end because they don't want to make it that obvious that it's a quid pro q o quo. so sometimes these cases are staggered a little bit. >> based
removable from the u.s. the rest of the law she has not interfered with. the parts of the law that allow people to sue if they think police agencies are not fully enforcing the law. changes to the crime of human smuggling. it makes it a crime for you to drive along in your car and stop traffic to pick up people who might be illegal to work for you. most of the law can go ahead and be enforced. come tomorrow arizona can enforce some of the law, but not the most controversial part of the law. >> what about the political fallout, senator menendez, you are the head of the campaign committee. where do democrats and republicans go in trying to take political advantage of what is still a broiling controversy? >> first of all, one of the things we have seen before the arizona law went into effect across the country in immigration rates is that u.s. citizens and legal permanent residents who obeyed the laws and followed the rules have been detain detained. case of a mexican american born in the united states that was detained unlufl lawfully. who would accept that because of the nature of what we
's unrealistic to expect that a significant downsizing of u.s. forces could occur at that time without security consequences. the lack of clarity in afghanistan does not end with the president's timetable. savannah and luke, i wanted to play a bit of an extraordinary interview that our own rachel maddow did last night. this was her question to holbrooke in advance of today's hearing. >> i think the question strategically has been what can we do in year 10 that we couldn't do in years 1 through 9. >> it's really not ten years. it's like a little more than eight, and secondly, a lot of that time was a wholly different atmosphere. the resurgeonsens of the tal back began about five years ago and completely neglected by washington, and that's why we find ourselves in that position. >> savannah and luke, these are the kinds of questions he'll be asked intensively today. what about the timetable and the concerns that the administration has, going into some critical meetings in afghanistan this coming week with the nato allies. >> reporter: well, i mean, this has been a problem almost from the machine
and did he want to leave the senate to become vice president. >> there's a lot of dumping on the u.s. senate these days and not only did byrd believe in it as an institution. he was constantly infusing his everyday work with the spirit of the constitution. it could be very frustrating and he could be extremely stubborn and he was not the most popular senator with his colleagues by any means. sometimes they'd run up against him on a particular constitutional or parliamentary point and they would have to retreat because he knew a lot more about it than they did and he had more power than most other senators as you saw when joe biden called him "leader." he was not only a formidable figure in the modernier ieera, going back 40 years. we're not going see his likes again any time soon. >> and one really remembers his emotionally overwrought reaction to ted kennedy's collapse at the inaugural luncheon. there you had -- you know, senator kennedy collapsing, the president having just being sworn in and bobby byrd in his wheelchair just crying for his friend as he realized the extent of senat
the commitment from the u.s. and the eu to stand behind them. >> it was by design the very first meeting she had today. i have traveled with her over the years going all the way back to the beijing women's conference, when she first said women's rights are human rights. it's never been more poignant and apparent than in afghanistan under taliban rule. >> absolutely. and i think the contrast wean women's lives during the taliban and women's lives in 2002 and 2003 is really dramatic. >> what are the changes. >> first of all, girls can go to school, women are able to work outside the home. you really do see women as parliamentarians and breadwinners in a number of families. and that is the change that you see. women did work during the taliban years, but it was much harder. and the fear is that a return to those days will be a return to really dark years in which their rights were the price for peace. >> in fact you have been writing about that, you're working on researching a book on the dress makers, the women who in secret created a whole industry to support their families? >> yeah, these girls
, a big story for the markets. remember when our stress test notice u.s., the banks passed, that marked the bottom for the market, since then, stocks have gone up sharply. so this could be as important of a landmark. but so far what i'm hearing is that these stress tests were not very stressful. one trader said it was like sending the banks off for a weekend of r & r. only 7 banks of 91 didn't pass no major banks failed. so it doesn't seem like this is giving the markets the clarity they need about europe. it is not totally a failure but it is not the success the markets were hoping for. >> all right, erin burnett, i know you have got to get ready for your own show. >> welcome to be on yours, andrea. >> off great weekend, too. >>> the 2.5 million long-term unemployed, not any good weekends, their jobless benefits expired during senate gridlock but soon, they will be getting retroactive payments and payments going forward to november. president obama signed the extension into law just last night. ways and means chairman sandra levin joining us now. congressman, thanks so much. mr. chairm
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, is there any specific assistance the u.s. is providing at this point? >> i'm told that the fbi will assist in the investigation of the bombings yesterday. >> on the oil spill, obviously bp is working on this new cap today. what's the view from the white house? how confident are you all that this is going to work? >> well, let's take this in a couple different stages. the containment capacity prior to -- let's go through friday which included the top hat going to the discover enterprise and the q400q4000 connected to the e line represented 25,000 barrels of containment capacity on any given day. sometimes it fluctuates to more or less. the containment capacity in the new structure, the sealing cap, will draw to two different boats and increase the containment capacity from roughly 15,000 to between 20,000 and 30,000. the helix producer which is not related to the sealing cap was coming online separately. we made the sealing cap and helix producer movements happen together rather than separately as was originally called for but changed because of weather. the helix producer was installed ove
weak. where it was weak, andrea, was an area the u.s. needs to be strong and that's personal consumption. people aren't spending as much in stores as why need them to. two-thirds of our economy relies on consumer spending. the other thing we found out as part of the report today, the recession was even worse than we thought. they revised -- it got smaller. it was now the worst growth since 1946. it was a deeper recession than we thought and we're recovering more slowly they had hoped just a few weeks ago. >> you saw durable goods numbers i think in the last couple of days. you've seen other indications of what direction we're going in for the next quarter. >> yes. we're seeing those -- by the way, all of them are muted. we are continuing to see softness. a lot of people say, does that mean we're going to have a double dip recession? the good news is, absolutely no one, or pretty much no one -- i can't say absolutely in any case -- expects that to happen at all. 80% of the companies that are reported in this earnings season have done a lot better than expected, a lot of it is
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